The goal of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
program is to improve geospatial intelligence capabilities and
tradecraft through advanced R&D solutions offered by small
innovative companies. DoD's SBIR program funds early-stage R&D
projects at small technology companies — projects which serve a DoD need
and have the potential for commercialization in private sector and/or
As part of its SBIR program, the DoD issues an SBIR solicitation
three times a year, describing its R&D needs and inviting R&D
proposals from small companies -- firms organized for profit with 500 or
fewer employees, including all affiliated firms. Companies apply first
for a six-month to nine-month Phase I award of $70,000
to $150,000 to test the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and
feasibility of a particular concept. If Phase I proves successful, the
company may be invited to apply for a two-year Phase II
award of $500,000 to $1,000,000 to further develop the concept, usually
to the prototype stage. Proposals are judged competitively on the basis
of scientific, technical, and commercial merit. Following completion of
Phase II, small companies are expected to obtain funding from the
private sector and/or non-SBIR government sources (in "Phase III") to develop the concept into a product for sale in private sector and/or military markets.
6-9 months - Up to $150K
Project Development to prototype
2 Years - Up to $1M
Commercialization in military and/or private sector using non-SBIR funds
SBIR funds R&D at small businesses and is designed to:
- Stimulate technological innovation
- Increase private sector commercialization of federal R&D
- Increase small business participation in federally funded R&D
- Foster participation by minority and disadvantaged firms in technological innovation
Qualifications to be a NGA SBIR Industry Partner
- US small business of 500 or fewer employees.
- During Phase 1, a minimum of 2/3 effort must be performed by proposing small business.
- During Phase 2, a minimum of 1/2 effort must be performed by proposing small business.
- Principal Investigator must spend 1/2 of time employed by the small business.
- Work must be performed in the United States.
If you are interested in becoming a NGA SBIR Industry Partner please contact the NGA SBIR Program Manager